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Man begins cross-country journey to encourage others to stay active

Most older adults recognize the importance of staying physically active as they age, but there are likely very few who can do what 71-year-old Rick Hermelin does. An avid runner, Hermelin recently set off on a cross-country journey aboard an elliptical bicycle, AARP reports.

Hermelin isn't completing the nearly 3,000-mile trip across 10 states for his own enjoyment, however. Along with raising awareness about maintaining a high level of physical activity, he also hopes to raise $10,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a charity that helps wounded soldiers and their families.

Although he has completed 100 marathons and 100 half-marathons, this is still a new challenge for Hermelin, who decided to hang up his running shoes last year.

"When I finished running the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon last June 5 I promised myself that would be my last official run," he told AARP. "By then I'd been a runner for 36 years, so I was looking for my next big goal."

Of course, you don't have to take a cross-country journey to get enough exercise, and homeowners at the Village at Deaton Creek have plenty of opportunities to get fit. In addition to an indoor and outdoor pool, the Georgia retirement community has a state-of-the-art fitness center and plenty of team sports opportunities.

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